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ASA Press Release - Fuel-Injected Engine Makes Successful Debut in ASA Free State 500



February 11, 2010

For Immediate Release
Kevin Ramsell,ASA Public Relations Director
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American Speed Association PR
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Friday, February 12, 2010) - Tim Schwanke follows the same philosophy
that ASA President Dennis Huth has about grass roots racing.  They both strongly
 feel that in order for it to survive there has to be ways to make that happen. 
 Over the past ten years Schwanke has been working on perfecting an electronic fuel
injection package for oval track racing, and at the recent ASA Transcontinental 
Series Free State 500, Schwanke's hard work came to fruition with a top-five finish.
Two competitors, Johann Spies, who finished fifth, and Shaun Richardson, ran the
 Schwanke Engines LLC 525HP ASA Transcontinental Series Engine in the event.  "I
 was pretty happy with it.  We never had the experience on this big of a speedway
with this LS3 series engines except for the old ASA tour days with the little 5-7
brother," Tim Schwanke said.  "This is nothing more but a big brother to the old
 whole package just ten years later.  In the interest of economics, thinking green
and all of that, I thought it was a pretty good showing."
"The fuel-injected engine is definitely the way to go in the future, I was very 
happy with the way it performed and the power did not drop away.  They are a lot
 more economical so there are less pit stops and more green flag action because 
we are burning less fuel," Richardson said.  "Ron Barfield and his team did an amazing
job with my #98 car.  The Schwanke engine performed on race day 100%.  We were leading
the race before the caution on lap 179.  Because of debris on the track, I was unfortunate
to pick up the debris and on the re-start we got a left flat tire which put us in
a spin and it was game over.  At that time in the race, we were lapping quicker 
than anybody else and this shows how strong these engines are."
The economics and catching up with what is being produced for the streets today 
are just two of factors that inspired Schwanke to focus on this for the past ten
 years, "When is the last time you drove a carburetor vehicle?  Detroit hasn't produced
one in almost twenty years.  So its 21st century technology that makes sense.  The
fuel economy, the lighter weight oils that can be used, there are a lot of production
standards.  In fact there are 110 part numbers used to build the 525 package, 48
 of them are production GM numbers that you can go to your local dealership and 
order the parts which is pretty much unheard of in racing today," Schwanke explained.
 "What I am trying to incorporate is economics.  We have 12 dealers across the United
States that we trained here in Minnesota to build these engines and work the program.
 You use the on-board automotive computer that is used to control the whole programming
for ignition and fuel.  I just promote the idea of rotating that computer amongst
competitors and that is pretty much the end of your tech."
ASA Transcontinental Series Tech Director Mike Lemke agrees, "All we need to do 
is change the "brain boxes," checking RPM's as far as the rev limit, and measuring
the bore of the throttle body.  That is it," Lemke said.  "I am very encouraged 
by this engine package especially from the cost side.  In many American top racing
series, teams are paying anywhere from $40,000-$50,000 for a 12:1 engine where this
package comes in at $14,999.99."
The sealed assembly with the ASA seals weighs 385 lbs and it features 505 ft-lbs
 torque (rating based on 94 octane unleaded gas) with a 7000 rev. limit chip.  It
uses the LS3 Vortec Aluminum Block Assembly, Low Oil Pressure & Overheat Protection,
EFI PCM & Custom Wiring Harness, GM LS3 Aluminum Heads, L92 Truck Intake and 90mm
T-Body, 36lb Injectors, Custom Pistons and Forged Rods, .550 Lift Hydraulic Roller
Cam, ATI Super Damper, 85 Amp Alternator, Steel Dry Sump Pan, Barnes Single Stage
Scavenge Pump, KRC Power Steering Pump, Front Motor Mount Kit, Electric In Tank 
Fuel Pump Kit, Inline Fuel Filter & Regulator, Serpentine Belt Drive, Air Intake
 & Mass Air Flow Sensor Kit, Throttle Cable, 1 3/4" Spec Chassis Headers, Hydraulic
Clutch Kit, Steel Bell Housing, Spec 8" 26 Spline Clutch and an Installation Kit
 with Instructions.  The price $14,999.99 + freight.
"Our fuel economy was just under seven laps per gallon, which is about 40-50% better
than the carburetor counterparts, so we are happy with that.  Matter of fact, Ron
Barfield Sr. had a pretty big smile on his face.  They were about ready to skip 
a fuel stop there then Richardson lost a left rear tire and that was the end of 
his day after he tore up some stuff in his battery box otherwise he had a good run
going," Schwanke said.  "The two biggest things from an engine building standpoint
is that we have an overheat protection shut down system built in to the program.
  The engine gets up to 242 degrees water temp, the engine starts randomly shutting
down cylinders.  It won't quit, it won't stop, and it just loses power and slows
 down.  There is also a low oil pressure system safety as well.  It gets below 19
lbs of oil pressure it shuts the fuel pump off.  That is another feature that is
 on a production vehicle that you drive everyday."
One project that is being worked on is to introduce drive by wire technology.  Drive
by wire is a way to eliminate such things as a stuck throttle cable.  This is just
one phase as they continuously work on enhancements for the future of this engine.
The trip to South Africa was beneficial for Schwanke as he has established new relationships
and is currently working with car owners in the U.S. to ship more cars to South 
Africa for their new ASA National African SuperSeries.  He is already working worldwide
as he already has over 500 of these types of engines in service in 14 different 
series of racing from road racing to experimental aircrafts.
The bottom line for him is that this is an economic way of racing.  He feels that
this will help strengthen today's grass roots racing.  Schwanke feels that from 
an economic side, grass roots racing needs to be looking at what is being made for
the streets needs to be brought into racing.  Everything from better fuel mileage
to the environment as a whole would benefit from this type of package.
The reason it hasn't according to Schwanke is resistance from the racing community.
 With what they were able to accomplish in South Africa should help prove that what
is made for the streets can also work on the track and be competitive.  The repair
costs on this engine are much less than what is being produced in racing today.
"The great thing about our event in the Republic of South Africa was that we were
able to start with a clean slate.  We had the opportunity to try new things like
 Schwanke's fuel injected engine and Five Star Race Car Bodies composite body," 
Dennis Huth, ASA President said.  "With us having that clean slate, we are able 
to produce a product that is cost effective to the race team which allows more people
to participate and be competitive.  Grass roots racing, that is on the local, regional
and national level needs to be heading in this direction for racing to survive and
I am proud of what our ASATS staff has done with this package and proving that these
things do work and we are showing on the track that this is the way to go."
For more information on the Schwanke ASA Transcontintental Series engine, please
To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based American Speed Association call (386)
258-2221 or send an e-mail to For news and information from
 all the racetracks and regional tours involved in the ASA, visit
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